Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra has announced that over 9000 teachers in almost all provinces of Papua New Guinea will not receive their salaries starting today due to the automatic suspension of their salaries.
This is because they have not resumed duty this year, or their information has not been entered into the Alesco payroll system of the Education Department.
The Education Secretary explained that the auto-suspension process is an annual filtering process that ensures that only active-duty teachers receive salaries.
He added that in the past, this process has seen between 9000 and 10,000 teachers being put off pay, but this year the task was completed slower than usual, leading to the auto-suspension being implemented on pay number nine.
While the Alesco system had initially revealed that over 15,000 teachers would be affected, the number has been brought down to 9204 following the extension of the auto-suspension date to May 3.
Those teachers who have put off the payroll but provide their documents will be restored and backdated, while those who have left teaching will be completely removed from the payroll system. Teachers who have transferred to new positions will take some time to be put back on the payroll.
Dr Kombra also noted that the Alesco payroll system of the National Department of Education (NDoE) has been installed in all the provinces except for Southern Highlands.
He advised affected teachers to contact their respective provincial payroll officers to check the status of their RODSS (Resumption of Duty Summary Sheets).
This announcement has significant implications for the affected teachers and their families who rely on their salaries to support themselves. It also highlights the importance of timely and accurate record-keeping in the education sector.
The auto-suspension process is a necessary measure to ensure that only active-duty teachers receive salaries, but the slow completion of the task has resulted in a significant number of teachers being affected.
Hopefully, the affected teachers will be able to resolve the issues with their RODSS documents quickly so that they can receive their salaries as soon as possible.